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* Supreme Court of Sri Lanka to proceed with the petitions against the PSC despite Speaker's rejection
Sat, Dec 1, 2012, 01:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 01, Colombo: Supreme Court of Sri Lanka yesterday set the dates to hear the petitions filed against the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake despite the Speaker's rejection of the court's notices.

The apex court decided to hear four petitions filed against the PSC on January 13th and 14th. The petitions referred to the Supreme Court from the Appellate Court question the constitutionality of the PSC process.

The petitions have cited the Speaker of Sri Lankan parliament and the 11 members of the PSC as respondents.

The Supreme Court ordered the registrar to inform the respondents of the dates of hearing.

The defendants were granted one week for written submissions and the Attorney General was granted another week.

A panel of Supreme Court judges comprising justices Nimal Gamini Amaratunga, K. Sripavan and Priyasath Dep considered the petitions yesterday.

The Chairman of the panel of judges, justice Amaratunga said that the ruling regarding the constitutionality of the PSC will be delivered regardless of the response from the defendants.

Justice Sripavan said the Supreme Court was carrying out whatever it was assigned under constitution and the Supreme Court had neither intention of meddling with the powers of the legislature nor showing disrespect to the parliament.

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa on Thursday nullified notices issued by the Supreme Court to him and to the members of the PSC.

Speaker Rajapaksa making a special announcement in parliament said the ruling would apply to any similar notice, Order or Determination in respect of the proceedings of the PSC which would continue solely and exclusively under the authority of Parliament.

He further said the notices issued on him and on members of the PSC have no effect and are not recognized in any manner, adding that future notices from court will be treated similarly.

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